These days, we outsource everything. While this makes some parts of life more efficient, it can be costly. Yes, it’s easy to pop in a microwave meal, but cultivating our skills in the kitchen means that we save money and can ensure that what we’re eating is healthy. And while it can be a time-saver to sometimes buy processed foods and chemical cleaners, it’s possible to make our own that can be healthier for us and the environment.
By learning how to do things ourselves, we can try something new, while saving money. And an added bonus: a lot of these self-made projects can be turned into unique, gourmet (yet frugal) gifts for practically any occasion.
One of the best money-saving do-it-yourself projects is a daily one: cooking your own meals. While Google can lead you to your personal favorite recipes or open your kitchen to the frugal and timesaving world of, say, make ahead meals, here are some other tips for eating gourmet on a budget.
Tired of spending $4 on artisan bread at the grocery store? Learn how to make your own at a fraction of the cost with this surprising no-fuss recipe.
Create homemade baking mixes for brownies, muffins, waffles and corn bread. Making your own not only saves money, but it also saves you time. Say goodbye to measuring out every ingredient each time you make one of these items. These DIY pre-made mixes let you skip the most time consuming steps and get straight to cooking.
Can your own food. You’ll need to spend some money up front on supplies, but you’ll save money in the long run. Plus you’ll have delicious, healthy food on hand that make for special and inexpensive gifts any time of the year.
Personal and Household Products
Don’t waste money on expensive organic shampoos. Get glamorous locks with this simple, crazy inexpensive recipe using baking soda and vinegar.
In fact, pretty much every personal care product can be made frugally, while being totally natural and toxin-free. Drug stores charge a premium for chemical-free products, but you can do this on a dime. Save your money by using these recipes for making your own toothpaste, perfume, deodorant and facial scrubs.
Transform Castile soap into virtually every kind of household cleaner. Castile soap is made from vegetable oil, is safe for cleaning your entire body and is simultaneously a powerful cleaning agent for the entire house. Simple recipes allow you to turn it into an all-purpose cleaning spray, fruit and veggie wash, ant spray, foaming hand wash, baby wash, dog shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent and so much more.
Average household energy spending eats up a good chunk of change – about $2,000 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But a lot of that energy isn’t for powering up the refrigerator or your entertainment set, it’s energy that’s wasted simply through inefficiencies. Stop your money from seeping out of leaky windows with these do-it-yourself energy savings projects, like learning how to weatherstrip your windows, insulate your water tank and seal air leaks with caulk.
As you look for ways to DIY your life, it’s important to go DIY where it counts and in ways that bring you satisfaction. If you lack the skills and find no enjoyment in, say, sewing your own clothes, then the time investment likely won’t yield great returns. But, following simple make-ahead recipes or using a single type of soap to make every household cleaner can simplify your life, save you money and shrink your footprint on the environment. So think about one DIY project that’d be easy and fun to tackle and start there. Welcome to the DIY revolution!
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